Like most things at our wedding, I had a vision in my head of how this was going to play out. The difference between our first look and most other brides is that I did not want to deprive our family (and especially our mothers) of being a part of the moment when we first lay eyes on each other all decked out in wedding attire. And thankfully, our venue provided a wonderful way for us to still have some sort of intimate moment but still have our family and wedding party members participate.
The maids (with family behind them) hanging on the patio waiting for our first look...
Of course, nothing goes according to plan and like other things on that day, this moment was almost ruined...by none other than Mr Fix It himself. You will see in today's video that as I come out to begin taking photos with my bridesmaids, I am directing somebody to find our coordinator and the groomsmen and be sure they keep Mr Fix It held back when he arrives until I can hide out of sight. The grounds were huge and there were many ways to get around the different areas. But mainly, there is a little parking lot that we had parked in that takes you straight by the reception room and down towards the ceremony and dressing areas. So I was pretty confident he would get held up there. WRONG!
Mr Fix It decides to park upstairs and come down through the zoo into the ceremony area bypassing the reception room where all of the coordinators were working and the cocktail area where the guys had gathered. So instead, while this shot was being taken:
I suddenly hear somebody say "There's John!" To which I reply "No, it isn't...where?" Sure enough, I caught a brief glimpse of Mr Fix It carrying his tux marching down a walkway straight to our ceremony area where I was standing all by my lonesome smack dab in the center of the chairs! I start screaming at him to turn around and go back the other way and then all my bridesmaids start screaming at him to go back and smartly they all run over and surround me like a pack of protective wolves while I drop down into crouch mode on the ground in the center of the ladies.
Mr Fix It is totally confused and has no idea what or why everyone is yelling at him but he must have suddenly got it because he did go back the other way finally. The next shot in the video is me chiding the groomsmen for not handling like the only real duty they had on the wedding day - keeping track of Mr Fix It!!! Unfortunately, no one - not the photographer or videographer - got any shots of footage of this little mishap as it unfolded. It would have been funny.
Anyway, so as you'll see, I had our family all wait on the patio just outside the bridal cottage at the end of the bridge that leads to the ceremony. Mr Fix It stood in the center of all the ceremony chairs/aisle with his back to me. I made my way across the bridge and snuck up on him.
Also, note that in the world of wedding videography, some things are not always totally 'real.' As you'll see in this video, we had our first look (which felt a little awkward sometimes) and then the videographers had us go back and do a second take so they could shoot us from different angles. The second look is actually the one they used on our video trailer and we felt much more relaxed I think. Kind of silly but I loved it :)
This video was created with raw footage courtesy of Video Keepsakes of Beverly Hills
I love the look on Mr Fix It's face and how he looks like he is afraid to touch me in my gown. He just looked petrified. :) I love how our family was cheering in the background and how they screamed things like "Pinch his butt!" and "Save it for the honeymoon!"
And now for the pictures that captured the real moment of our first look:
This was the view from our family's vantage point taken by my cousin Bridesmaid A:
This is the first of many photos and video which include what I call my 'Frile' or 'smown.' It is this horrible version of a smile and a frown which has some sort of emotion behind it. It made it's first appearance on this blog in the Moments Before video recap last week and was obvious in yesterday's video interview as well. :)
He is asking me if I am 'getting close' and says he can hear me
I think somebody said to 'Pinch his butt' which made me laugh!
The REAL first look!
Followed by our first kiss of the day! Wowza!
I love this shot taken by my cousin BM A
He just kept stepping back and staring at me
I did in fact pinch his butt when I met him the first time :)
Our first look was not tearful as I had thought it might be. Mr Fix It didn't even really smile the entire time. The moment was just calm and collected and a little funny. We got to hug, kiss and tell each other how wonderful we looked without having to stick to the script of a ceremony. Mr Fix It got to be himself as was made obvious when he looks down my chest trying to see how it's possible that I have more cleavage than normal :) And then he made his stupid, perverted comments which made the videographers laugh. I couldn't get upset though because that is totally the man I married. I just had to laugh.
The one thing I do remember which is not really seen or heard anywhere on the video is that in those moments he stepped back and looked at me and said "You look very, very, very, very, very, very, very pretty." It was so funny...he said the word 'very' like 8 or 9 times. It totally stuck out in my head and I have not forgotten it. It was nothing like I expected it to be, but so totally perfectly us...nerves and all.
TODAY'S WEDDING TIP: If you want to do a first look, do it! Regardless of when you see each other on the wedding day, nothing takes away from what you feel the moment you walk down that aisle. After our first look, during our ceremony, as I walked across the bridge, I glanced at the altar to see Mr Fix It, but then my gaze went straight ahead...all I could see were the guests and I smiled at them. As I turned the corner to the main 'aisle,' I stopped for a moment holding my dad back. I know I had a huge smile on my face and wasn't sure if I was fighting back tears or not. But one thing I fully remember very powerfully was how breathless I felt...so much so, that I raised my shoulders and chest and took a huge breath of air - almost like a heavy sigh. Then I made the march the rest of the way down the aisle. From that moment on, my eyes were solidly fixed on Mr Fix It.
Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Robert Mullins Photography